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TAKE ACTION NOW! Remove United States District Attorney Carmen Ortiz From Office for Overreach in the Case of Aaron Swartz.

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: government, ethics, dishonesty, cover-up, usa, news, obama, politics )

- 1984 days ago -
A prosecutor who does not understand proportionality and who regularly uses the threat of unjust and overreaching charges to extort plea bargains from defendants regardless of their guilt is a danger to the life and liberty of anyone who might cross her p

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AWAY AWHILE Cal Mendelsohn (1067)
Wednesday January 16, 2013, 4:30 am
Thanks again to my good friend John for alerting me to this important petition

Judy C (97)
Wednesday January 16, 2013, 4:50 am
Signed. Thanks Cal.

Carol H (229)
Wednesday January 16, 2013, 5:01 am
signed and noted

Michela M (3964)
Wednesday January 16, 2013, 6:37 am

Nicole W (646)
Wednesday January 16, 2013, 7:30 am

Lois Jordan (63)
Wednesday January 16, 2013, 5:22 pm
Already signed. Noted. Thanks.

Kit B (276)
Wednesday January 16, 2013, 7:01 pm

Already signed and tweeted

This is petition is to Fire Assistant U.S. Attorney Steve Heymann.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday January 16, 2013, 7:15 pm
Another one made it! Thanks Cal.
Signatures needed by February 11, 2013 to reach goal of 25,000 0
Total signatures on this petition 39,191

Past Member (0)
Wednesday January 16, 2013, 7:17 pm
Also signed the one Kit listed, needs help
Signatures needed by February 11, 2013 to reach goal of 25,000 18,331
Total signatures on this petition 6,669

Heidi Aubrey (16)
Wednesday January 16, 2013, 10:30 pm
I am sorry, I don't have enough details to make a decision to sign.

Marie W (67)
Wednesday January 16, 2013, 10:56 pm

Ellen m (215)
Thursday January 17, 2013, 12:18 am
Already signed and shared..just goes to show Obama can screw up on his appointees as well as anyone ;-)

Lisa N (207)
Thursday January 17, 2013, 8:51 am
Thank you for signing this petition, thanks Cal.

Past Member (0)
Thursday January 17, 2013, 9:30 am
Is she a bush appointee?

Past Member (0)
Thursday January 17, 2013, 9:32 am
Uh oh. Boo boo...she was nominated to the position by President Barack Obama.

Sara Williams (8)
Thursday January 17, 2013, 11:08 am
Already signed.

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Thursday January 17, 2013, 1:40 pm
Huffington Post reported on 15 Jan that the Petition To Remove Carmen Ortiz, Aaron Swartz Prosecutor, Reaches Threshold For White House Response but the White House remains silent...

There were TWO prosecutors involved in pushing Aaron Swartz to suicide and there is also a petition on the White House website to remove the other one, too: Fire Assistant U.S. Attorney Steve Heymann - the Heymann petition in particular needs more signatures.

If anyone feels they need to be better informed before signing the petitions, I recommend
Glenn Greenwald's excellent piece that I posted just a few minutes ago. It is really worth the read, not only for the points he himself makes, but for the excellent links he provides in the text.
While giving thorough background to Aaron Swartz's story and tragic death, he goes further to connect the dots between this case & the Obama administration's unprecedented war on whistleblowers. When you read that
"If Swartz had stolen a $100 hard drive with the JSTOR articles, it would have been a misdemeanor offense that would have yielded probation or community service. But the sweeping nature of federal computer crime laws allowed Ortiz and Heymann, who wanted a high-profile computer crime conviction, to pursue felony charges. Heymann threatened the diminutive free culture activist with over 30 years in prison as recently as last week." - AND: "Just three months ago, Ortiz's office, as TechDirt reported, severely escalated the already-excessive four-felony-count indictment by adding nine new felony counts, each of which "carrie[d] the possibility of a fine and imprisonment of up to 10-20 years per felony", meaning "the sentence could conceivably total 50+ years and [a] fine in the area of $4 million." That meant, as Think Progress documented, that Swartz faced "a more severe prison term than killers, slave dealers and bank robbers",

- you understand that this was 'overreach', unnecessary harassment & unfair targeting.

Democracy Now! also has important coverage on Aaron Swartz & the govt's unfair targeting of him:

Here - Freedom to Connect: Aaron Swartz (1986-2013) on Victory to Save Open Internet, Fight Online Censors

Here - Exclusive: Aaron Swartz’s Partner, Expert Witness Say Prosecutors Unfairly Targeted Dead Activist

& here- "An Incredible Soul": Larry Lessig Remembers Aaron Swartz After Cyberactivist’s Suicide Before Trial; Parents Blame Prosecutor

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Thursday January 17, 2013, 1:56 pm
Also from Glenn Greenwald's piece:

"As Swartz's friend, the NYU professor and Harvard researcher Danah Boyd, described in her superb analysis :

"When the federal government went after him – and MIT sheepishly played along – they weren't treating him as a person who may or may not have done something stupid. He was an example. And the reason they threw the book at him wasn't to teach him a lesson, but to make a point to the entire Cambridge hacker community that they were p0wned. It was a threat that had nothing to do with justice and everything to do with a broader battle over systemic power.

"In recent years, hackers have challenged the status quo and called into question the legitimacy of countless political actions. Their means may have been questionable, but their intentions have been valiant. The whole point of a functioning democracy is to always question the uses and abuses of power in order to prevent tyranny from emerging. Over the last few years, we've seen hackers demonized as anti-democratic even though so many of them see themselves as contemporary freedom fighters. And those in power used Aaron, reframing his information liberation project as a story of vicious hackers whose terroristic acts are meant to destroy democracy . . . .

"So much public effort has been put into controlling and harmonizing geek resistance, squashing the rebellion, and punishing whoever authorities can get their hands on. But most geeks operate in gray zones, making it hard for them to be pinned down and charged. It's in this context that Aaron's stunt gave federal agents enough evidence to bring him to trial to use him as an example. They used their power to silence him and publicly condemn him even before the trial even began."

Natalie V (27)
Thursday January 17, 2013, 2:38 pm
noted & signed

Scott haakon (4)
Thursday January 17, 2013, 8:25 pm
What now you people realize the evil of our system with thousands of people in prison because of unjust prosecution? Oh because he had presence that the evil is exposed but it won't do anything to stop state and federal prosecutors from imprisoning the persons who do not have the resources to fight the charges.

Angelus S (120)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 4:19 am
Id like to know what papers Schwartz was going to leak and why such a stiff penalty. This is a tough case because you have the instability and perhaps immaturity of a prodigy who could have done real damage and had the intelliigence to know the consequences of his actions but not tha maturity to deal with the result of the risks taken
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